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'). As she passed by his dying bed,
She saw his pale lips grieving: "No better, no better, I'll ever be, Until I get Barb'ra Allen."
6. As she passed by his dying bed:
"You're very sick and almost dying; No better, no better you will ever be Until I get Barb'ra Allen."
7. As she went down the long stair steps,
She heard the death bell toning And every bell appeared to say: "Hard hearted Barb'ra Allen."
8. As she went down the long piney walk,
She heard some small birds singing And every bird appeared to say: "Hard hearted Barb'ra Allen."
9.  She looked to the east, she looked to the west,
She saw the pale corpse coming: "Go, bring them pale corpse unto me, And let me gaze upon them."
10. "Oh, mama, oh, mama, go, make my bed;
Go, make it soft and narrow;
Sweet Willie died today, for me today,
I'll die for him to-morrow."
11. They buried Sweet Willie in the old church yard;
They buried Miss Barb'ra beside him; And out of his grave there sprang a red rose And out of hers a brier.
12.  They grew to the top of the old church tower;
They could not grow any higher; They hooked, they tied in a true lover's knot, The red rose around the brier.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III